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Title: Applying Regional Foresight in the BMW Region

Applying Regional Foresight in the BMW Region A
Practitioners Perspective
  • Presentation to FUTURREG Conference
  • 9th October 2007
  • Kieran Moylan
  • BMW Regional Assembly

Presentation Outline
  • Part 1 The context for the BMW Regional
  • Part 2 An overview of the process
  • Part 3 The learning outcomes from the
  • process

Part 1 ContextWhat is Regional Foresight?
  • An approach to regional strategic planning that
    takes long-term perspectives into account
  • Anticipatory Intelligence
  • Disciplined visioning
  • An early wake-up call
  • Incorporates broad global and societal trends as
    drivers of change
  • Consensus-based and participatory

National Regional Context for BMW Regional
  • Exercise built on EU, national regional
  • The need to identify regional priorities feed
    into post 2006 planning considered very important
  • Current changes restructuring of BMW economy,
    particularly in agri-food sectors new
    approaches required
  • Need for greater emphasis on sustainability and
    longer term regional planning

Context for Regional Foresight EU Cohesion
  • EU Third Cohesion Report 2004 - defined new
    regional priorities.
  • BMW Region will not qualify for Convergence
    Strand (Objective 1) funding, but phasing in
    to Competitiveness Employment Strand (Objective
  • Greater emphasis in post-2006 EU funding on
    themes of innovation, sustainability, human
    resources less on hard infrastructure
  • EU Commission encouraging the adoption of
    Regional Foresight plans

Objectives of the Regional Foresight Exercise
  • To develop investment priorities for the BMW
    Region that are based on long-term challenges and
    opportunities, by
  • Preparing a commonly agreed development programme
    among policy making bodies
  • Involving all relevant stakeholders in the future
    development of the region
  • Enabling a deeper understanding of roles,
    challenges, opportunities and benefits

Part 2 The Process Overview of the BMW
Regional Foresight Process
  • Conducted over 12 month timeframe
  • Facilitated by consultants CM International
  • Steering Committee 4 expert panels
  • Wide consultation nationally within region
  • Submissions invited from interested parties
  • Local/regional/national endorsement obtained

Four Selected Thematic Panels
  • A Competitive Region
  • An Innovative Region
  • A Knowledge Region
  • A Quality of Life Region

Project Stages
Panel Meeting 1Foresight training and trends
Panel Meeting 2 Defining strategic challenges
Consulting within the region
Panel Meeting 3 Strategic responses
Panel Meeting 4 Reporting
Panel Meeting 1Induction Training
  • Induction for all panels on foresight
    methodologies national/regional/EU context for
    BMW Regional Foresight
  • Agreement on objectives of foresight exercise
  • Discussion of big themes for each panel

Panel Meeting 2 Defining Strategic Challenges
  • Identification of strategic challenges facing BMW
    Region under each theme
  • Development of scenarios to consider alternative
    pathways towards BMW reaching its vision
  • Identification of policy priorities

Panel Meeting 3 Strategic Responses
  • Review of outputs of consultation process
  • Agreed refinements to strategic challenges
    policy priorities for each theme
  • Identification of strategic responses to
    challenges and appropriate investment priorities

Panel Meeting 4
  • Feedback on drafts of thematic reports, outlining
    strategic challenges and investment priorities
    under each theme
  • Agreement on vision, big ideas and
    recommendations for each theme
  • Conclusion of panel meetings

Role of Steering Committee
  • Consisted of panel chairs, BMW Assembly
    Cathaoirleach key individuals representing a
    broad range of interests
  • Met between each panel meeting and two more times
    to agree draft report
  • Played a crucial role in directing the process
    and integrating the work of the panels
  • Gave detailed input and feedback into draft

Overview of the Report
  • A profile, driving forces and policy drivers for
    the region
  • An overriding vision statement, with 5 components
  • 10 strategic objectives, with corresponding
  • 10 additional priority projects to be implemented
    as an immediate priority
  • Implementation, monitoring and sample

New Challenges New Opportunities
Report of the Border, Midland Western
Regional Foresight Exercise 2005 - 2025
A Vision for the BMW Region in 2025
  • An innovative and competitive region, with a
    high quality environment, first class
    infrastructure and knowledge assets with
    visionary leadership and a quality of life for
    its citizens that is among the highest in the

Part 4 Learning OutcomesWhat were the critical
success factors?
  • Buy-in from local, regional national bodies
  • Choice and motivation of expert panel members
  • Well designed and executed foresight processes
  • Strong links with programme planning
    processes of participants
  • Endorsement by Central Government
  • Credible, actionable and influential outcomes
  • Fostering sense of ownership of the exercise

Learning Outcomes - What worked well?
  • Use of foresight approach brought a longer-term
    and more visionary perspective
  • Enabled a diverse group of people to come
    together to articulate wide-ranging priorities
    for the region
  • Methodology and facilitation of process was
    creative, participatory and innovative
  • Involvement of key stakeholders enabled greater
    buy-in and endorsement of the strategy
  • Participants enjoyed and learnt from the process

Learning Outcomes - what might we have done
  • Use of scenarios need to strike balance between
    creating a desirable future and a sense of
    realism. Some considered a little too
    far-fetched. Scenarios could have presented 3
    alternative visions for panels to choose from
  • Timing of the process slightly rushed could
    have benefited from another panel meeting to
    digest the material and provide more feedback on
    the draft report
  • Need for more continuity/linkages between the
    foresight process and the final report
    confusion between foresight and strategic
  • Representation of sectors/interests on panels was
    crucial some were slightly under-represented,
    which influenced outcomes

  • Foresight is a very useful planning tool at
    county/regional level that brings a fresh
    visionary outlook and enables the integration of
    a diverse range of interests and priorities into
    the medium/long-term planning process

Contact Details
  • BMW Regional Assembly
  • The Square
  • Ballaghaderreen
  • Co. Roscommon
  • Tel. (353) 094 9862970
  • Fax. (353) 094 9862973
  • Email
  • Website